Bhrigu Lake Trek 3 Days & 2 Nights High Altitude Alpine Lake

Bhrigu Lake Trek
Overview

Bhrigu Lake is located at the East of Rohtang pass and above the Gulaba slopes. Situated at Pir Panjal eastern end mountain range and at an altitude of 4170 m / 13681 feet above sea level. With a panoramic view of Pir Panjal, Dhauladhar, Great Himalayan range, and numbers of peaks rising above 6000m.The closest 6000m peak nearby are Deo Tibba, Indrasan, Maker Beh, and Shikhar Beh. And most mesmerizing peaks that remain insights are Hanuman Tibba and Seven Sisters peaks. Bhrigu lake opens up to mesmerizing natural vistas that showcase an endless alpine carpet of meadows, streams that carry crystal clear water along the winding paths, and sweeping vistas of magnificent snow-capped mountains.  This tiny lake is known to locals as "Bhrigu". The lake is named after Maharishi Bhrigu and it has a great religious significance to locals, especially of Vashisht and nearby villages.

Our classic 3 days Bhrigu lake trek sets out at Gulaba 23 km from Manali and ends at Vashisht village. With many trails to Bhrigu, our trekking route changes based on snow conditions. May until mid-June either one can start from Gulaba - Rola khoi - Bhrigu lake and back to Gulaba. The other route which involves more ascending starts from Kulang - Mori dugh - Bhrigu lake - back to Mori dugh and Kulang. In our classic Bhrigu lake trek, you will have the opportunity to spend two nights at different camps, which will give undoubtedly more natural views of Manali.
For those who are speed trekkers, we offer you a Bhrigu lake trek in one day. The route for Bhrigu lake in one day is Gulaba - Raoli khoi - Bhrigu lake - back to Gulaba 10 to 12 hours.
Bhrigu lake trek is one of the favorite short treks in Manali. An ideal weekend trekking in Manali for both beginners as well as experienced hikers.

Bhrigu Lake Classic - Main Itinerary
Day 1
: Manali (1950m) - Gulaba (3000 m / 9842 ft), drive 26 km, 1 hr. Trek to Raoli Khoi (3820 m / 12532 ft) 7 km, 4-5 hrs, camp.
Day 2: Trek to Bhrigu (4170 m / 13681 ft) - Panduropa (3600 m / 11811 ft) 12 km, 7-8 hrs, camp.
Day 3: Trek to Vashisht (2070 m / 6791 ft), 9 km, 6 hrs. Drive to Manali.



Trip Dossier

Day 1: Manali (1950m) - Gulaba (3000 m / 9842 ft), drive 26 km, 1 hr. Trek to Raoli Khoi (3820 m / 12532 ft) 7 km, 4-5 hrs, camp.
Today an early departure to Gulaba which is at a distance of 26 km from Manali and would take us 1 hour. The road goes along the Beas river until Palchan and Kothi village. The tiny village of Kothi and its surroundings are famous for Bollywood movies. The drive continues to Gulaba's the last curve where we start our trek. We trek through the dense forest of Deodar, and Fir. Gradually walking through the forest we cross Thach ( pasture ) of Khanora. Overlooking at Solang, Kothi below and Hanuman Tibba plus numbers of birds can be spotted, out of all spectacular is Monal pheasant.  Finally, we arrive at Siyander Thach or Raoli Khoi. Which is also a nice campsite.


(Raoli Khoi camp)

Day 2: Trek to Bhrigu (4170 m / 13681 ft) - Panduropa (3600 m / 11811 ft) 12 km, 7-8 hrs, camp.
We start early in the morning as the trail today is a long and steep one. Leaving Raoli Khoi behind we climb steeply to the small col and make way through the rocks and boulders for an hour, a final and steep ascent to Bhrigu lake. The Lake remains frozen from winter until Mid June. Arriving at the lake we walk along the ridge which presents a spectacular and panoramic view of the Manali mountains. The best view of Mount Deo Tibba and Indrasan peak comes from this day's ridgeline trail, continuing along the ridge and short descent to the campsite of Panduropa. From Bhrigu to Panduropa there is an endless carpet of meadows. During summer covered with a number of wildflowers.
Panduropa name is derived from a legend that the Pandavas of Mahabharata cultivated rice fields here. Pandu refers to Pandava of Mahabharata and Ropa locally means for agriculture field. This means that Pandavas has cultivated rice at Panduropa during their exile.







Day 3: Trek to Vashisht (2070 m / 6791 ft), 9 km, 6 hrs. Drive to Manali.

Leaving Panduropa, today we slowly descend inside Deodar forest. As we walk through the forest, the small meadows open up suddenly, which provides refreshing views of snow-clad mountains to the North and West. The last patch of the trail goes along the Apple orchards fields and small traditional Kulluvi houses can be seen. Arriving at Vashisht explore the hot spring water and finally drive to Manali. 




Bhrigu Lake from Kulang
Day 1
:  Manali, drive to Kulang (2,040 m) 30 minutes, Trek to Moridugh (2,900 m), 5-6 hrs
Day 2:  Trek to Bhrigu lake (4,160 m) - Back to Moridugh, 8-9 hrs.
Day 3:  Descend to Kulang, 5 hrs, drive to Manali.

Bhrigu Lake from Raoli Khoi
Day 1
: Manali (1950m) - Gulaba (3000 m / 9842 ft), drive 26 km, 1 hr. Trek to Raoli Khoi (3820 m / 12532 ft) 7 km, 4-5 hrs, camp.
Day 2: Trek to Bhrigu (4170 m / 13681 ft) - back to Raoli Khoi, 10 km, 7-8 hrs, camp.

Day 3: Back to Gulaba, 7 km, 4 hrs. Drive to Manali.

Package Itinerary
  • Day 1 Manali (1950m) - Gulaba (3000 m / 9842 ft), drive 26 km, 1 hr. Trek to Raoli Khoi (3820 m / 12532 ft) 7 km, 4-5 hrs, camp.

    Today an early departure to Gulaba which is at a distance of 26 km from Manali and would take us 1 hour. The road goes along the Beas river until Palchan and Kothi village. The tiny village of Kothi and its surroundings are famous for Bollywood movies. The drive continues to Gulaba's the last curve where we start our trek. We trek through the dense forest of Deodar, and Fir. Gradually walking through the forest we cross Thach ( pasture ) of Khanora. Overlooking at Solang, Kothi below and Hanuman Tibba plus numbers of birds can be spotted, out of all spectacular is Monal pheasant. Finally, we arrive at Siyander thach or Raoli Khoi. Which is also a nice campsite.

  • Day 2 Trek to Bhrigu (4170 m / 13681 ft) - Panduropa (3600 m / 11811 ft) 12 km, 7-8 hrs, camp.

    We start early in the morning as the trail today is a long and steep one. Leaving Raoli Khoi behind we climb steeply to the small col and make way through the rocks and boulders for an hour, final and steep ascent to Bhrigu lake. The Lake remains frozen from winter until Mid June. Arriving at the lake we walk along the ridge which presents a spectacular and panoramic view of the Manali mountains. The best view of Mount Deo Tibba and Indrasan peak comes from this day's ridgeline trail, continuing along the ridge and short descent to the campsite of Panduropa. From Bhrigu to Panduropa there is an endless carpet of meadows. During summer covered with a number of wildflowers.
    Panduropa name is derived from a legend that the Pandavas of Mahabharata cultivated rice fields here. Pandu refers to Pandava of Mahabharata and Ropa locally means for agriculture field. Meaning once Pandavas has cultivated rice at Panduropa during their exile.

  • Day 3 Trek to Vashisht (2070 m / 6791 ft), 9 km, 6 hrs. Drive to Manali.

    Leaving Panduropa, today we slowly descend inside Deodar forest. As we walk through the forest, the small meadows open up at sudden, which provides refreshing views of snow-clad mountains to the North and West. The last patch of the trail goes along the Apple orchards fields and small traditional Kulluvi houses can be seen. Arriving at Vashisht explore the hot spring water and finally drive to Manali.

Inclusions

Ø  All ground transportation to & fro as per the itinerary. 

Ø  Pickup from hotel and drop at hotel in Manali.

Ø  All camping facilities: Mess tent, camp chairs and table.

Ø  Accommodation in 4 season tents, sleeping bags, foam mattress, trekking poles & safety gears.

Ø  Meals on full board (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) Tea, snacks during the trek

Ø  Qualified & trained well English speaking trekking guide and experienced crew.

Ø  Porters or mules for porterage of trekking gear and your baggages.

Ø  Camping fee, trekking permits and park fee.

Ø  Goods and services tax. 

Ø  First aid medical kit.

Exclusions

×     Domestic flight.  Delhi - Kullu, Kullu - Delhi

×     Hotel in Manali. 

×     Delhi - Manali, Chandigarh - Manali transfer (Booking of private car on request)

×     Travel insurance.

×     Soft or hard drinks.

×     Personal tip to staff: Guide, cook, helper, horseman, driver. 

×     Any unforeseen cost arises by natural hazards rain, snow, road block which cost extra lodging & boarding   beyond trip Schedule.

Reviews

"Thank you prem for providing me with a wonderful and memorable trekking experience. The guide Sonu and cook went out of their way in their hospitality and were a great company to be with."

R. Radhakrishnan - 7 June, 2022
R. Radhakrishnan - 7 June, 2022

I would begin by saying you guys played a major role in making this Bhrigu Lake trip possible for us. Despite people pulling out of our group till the last moment, you were surprisingly accommodating and supportive. For the three of us (Saurabh, Ashish & Aakash), the three day trek in the winters of late November will forever be unforgettable. The constant motivation by our tour leader Mr Prem ji ...

Mr. Saurabh - NEW DELHI - 25 Nov
Mr. Saurabh - NEW DELHI - 25 Nov

"This was my first experience on trekking (+living with nature) and it was amazingly exceptional. The guide was very friendly and helpful and the best part was the food, very diversified and good quality. The whole team was co-operative. I enjoyed the trip very much. Love from Bangladesh."

Mr. Adeeb , Mr Shriful, Mr Faizan, Mr Hasan, Mr Sultan, Mr Siddiqui - DELHI - BANGLADESH - 23 Aug
Mr. Adeeb , Mr Shriful, Mr Faizan, Mr Hasan, Mr Sultan, Mr Siddiqui - DELHI - BANGLADESH - 23 Aug

"We had a very good time on our trek. The guide and staff were all fantastic. Knowledgeable guide and the food / facilities were top notch. Would recommend to anyone visiting Manali and wanting a great experience with some spectacular views of the mountains."

Mr Duncan, Ms Kelly, Ray and Kenny - LONDON - 30 Oct - 1 Nov
Mr Duncan, Ms Kelly, Ray And Kenny - LONDON - 30 Oct - 1 Nov
Trekking Gear & accessories Check List

What we provide

We provide all the GROUP GEAR included in the following list:

  • 3-4 Person roomy 3-4 season tents for 2 people and individual as well, dining tent, toilet tent. (Toilet seats on demand) and other camping accessories.
  •  Filtered drinking water for longer trips / Water purification tablets.
  •  Sleeping bags + liner and comfortable sleeping pads.
  • Kitchen tent, Stoves, fuel, cookware,etc.
  • Three course meal (Dinner), hot packed lunch, post trek snacks.
  • Trekking poles and Duffel bags
  •  Basic first aid box and mini oxygen bottles

What you may need - Your personal gear recommended in List :-

  • Day pack: A bit of bigger size in order to keep fleece, jacket, water bottle, camera, packed lunch,
Foot wear :-
  • Good condition trekking boots – not new used before in your country side for best fit for trekking, water proof.
  • Camp shoes, light and comfortable as running shoes or sandal ( like Teva ) for river crossing. Its necessity for you to bring sandles for river crossing.
  • Socks both Woollen and cotton as desire.
  • Clothing :-
  • Gore tex jacket or similar.
  •  Down jacket/vest is good for cool evenings.
  •  Wind/Rain jacket: (ie gore-tex, northface or similar) waterproof and breathable. Its necessity to have jacket while crossing passes.
  • Trekking pants, light, comfortable, water proof /breathable.
  •  Long sleeve shirt Light weight dry-fast (for sun/insect protection).
  •  T-shirts for day time
  •  One midweight/heavyweight fleece (long sleeve) jacket or warm pullover.
  • Short pants, underwear,
  • Sun Hat: cowboy style or baseball style to protect skin from direct sunlight.
  •  Woollen cap for high altitude or while crossing pass or during evenings in camp.
  •  One fleece or sweatpants for cold evenings during dining.
  •  A pair of Hand gloves or woolen gloves
  •  Scarf to protect from dust or sunlight around neck. This is available in local markets with variety of colors.

Accessories :-

  • Sun glasses with UV protection. An extra sun glass in case to replace.
  • Sun screen and lip protection.
  • Moisturizer cream: In Ladakh the air is dry and sun is harsh and strong during day. There are local moisturizer cream available in market. To avoid somehow skin allergy bring your personal cream.
  •  Water bottle. Minimum I - 2 liter.
  • Trekking poles or sticks. If you have your own folded poles.
  • Torch or one head lamp with extra batteries. Petzl or similar.
  •  One toiletories kit, small towel.
  •  Reading and writing materials.
  • Digital Camera or digital video recorder / solar charger.
  •  Water purification tablets
  • Nylone or water proof plastic bags to storage clothes and stuff
  • One pocket knife light.

Others :-

  • Gaiter
  •  Water purification/filter: we boil water for you in the camp, what its essential you to have a water purification tablets or filter during the day of trekking.
  • Mosquito rappallent cream.
  • Small Binocular.
  •  First aid kit: We carry basic first aid kit with diamox, aspirin, paracetemol, antibiotics for diarrhoea, anticeptic, bandage and band aids, Please you bring your personal first aid kit with medicine you think to need necessity for you.
  •  Vitamine tablets or similar.
  • Extra passport photos.

Bhrigu Lake Trek Map
Bhrigu Lake Trek Map


Trip Facts
Region: Kullu Manali
Grade: Moderate
Activity - Trekking / Hiking

Max Altitude: 4220 m / 13845 ft. The ridge above Bhrigu lake
Max sleeping altitude: 3800 m.
Trek days: 3 days
Best time - Mid May to Mid November 
























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